A Trinity Forks chapter NPSOT pop-up field trip was scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 10th. And since the rain had occurred earlier in the week I needed to make sure we could cross the creek. So on Thursday, Feb. 8th, Jeanne and I went to check it out. The day was perfect, cool but sunny.
What treasures and life could we find that was different from our last visit. To start, a larva. The current pushed it around. I do not not what kind it was.
The frog was a bit chilled and was reluctant to move.
In Texas this frog conservation status is secure (S5). However further north (MN & WI) it is critically imperile(S1). Also I learned a new term, aestivates. Instead of the winter hibernation, aestivation occurs in the summer. “Aestivation is characterized by inactivity and a lowered metabolic rate, that is entered in response to high temperatures and arid conditions. It takes place during times of heat and dryness, which are often the summer months.” Love to learn new things!
And the creek was just fine for crossing. So my scouting mission was accomplished.
The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know